Persimmon Homes Ltd (North London) are seeking to appoint an artist to design and create a piece of public art to be installed within the site of a new residential development. The location is known for woods with Special Area of Conservation status, the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Trust and the Chinnor Chalk Pit, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. A piece of public art is sought to strengthen the personality and identity of the residential development in a creative and engaging way.


This new development links two recently completed residential developments located on either side, resulting in a central area of public open space that is easily accessible to all residents and surrounding neighbours.

The primary access into the new residential development will be via a new road off Greenwood Avenue. This new access will lead down the development’s main street incorporating a high-quality public realm with strong landscaped features. This street will direct people down to the primary area of public open space on the site. This space will be the main focal / destination point for a site-specific piece or pieces of public art, introduced to reinforce the local landscape and natural history of Chinnor.


Persimmon Homes are seeking to appoint an artist to design and produce a timeless, innovative and distinctive piece of art to animate the principal area of open space and enrich the local community, ideally the work will reflect the historic use and/ or nature associations of the site.

Artists are invited to consider artwork that can be incorporated into site topography, paving, lighting, street furniture, signage, water features, landscape structures as well as stand-alone pieces.


The piece(s) will be located in a public space and therefore applicants are expected to consider the issues of long-term conservation and maintenance of public art, along with time and budget. The pieces will be exposed to weather and physical stresses, as well as potentially subject to vandalism. The piece(s) must be fabricated of highly durable, low-maintenance materials.


The budget for this commission is £31,450, which will be allocated to the artist. The contract amount is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: the artist’s design fee, other consultation fees such as structural engineering consultation, insurance, tools, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, any building or site modification required, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses, and any other costs.



Members of the Royal Society of Sculptors are invited to submit proposals. The selected work will be installed November 2023.


There is no charge to apply for this opportunity.


To complete this application, please provide the following:

  • Up to 5 images of your proposed work
  • Please outline your idea behind your proposal (200 words)
  • A CV of no more than two pages long
  • A description of your present practice (200 words)

The closing deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 23 May 2022. Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive feedback will not be given at this stage. Notification of all results will be sent by email week commencing 6 June 2022.


23 May 2022, 5pmClosing deadline
w/c 6 June Artists notification*
November 2023Artwork installation

*Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive, we cannot guarantee that feedback will be given at this stage

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